You need to live a precautionary lifestyle as a diabetic. You are to practice habits that only favors your health and promote your quality well-being. Diabetes management is much more than complying with prescribed medications and their dosages. It also entails making better lifestyle choices and eating right.
Your lifestyle goes a long way in determining your health status and the effectiveness of your diabetes management program. The below habits must be avoided for the benefit of a better health.
1. Consuming sugar-free foods and substitutes
Some foods are still not diabetic friendly despite the fact that they have no added sugar to it. This is because they contain other sugar substitutes that are carbohydrate rich thus they are still capable of increasing blood sugar levels. This does not necessarily amount to ruling out sugar entirely from your diet, as a small amount of sugar is still required in your diet. You need to only get rid of the unnecessary and unhealthy sugar and retain little of the healthy ones that, will not harm your health.
Some sugar substitutes make it impossible for you to efficiently and effectively control and manage your blood sugars. Sugar containing products such as drinks, beverages, snacks etc should be consumed less and if possible avoided totally. If you must consume them, you need to opt for those that are sugar-free.
2. Consuming canned red (tomato) sauce
Tomato paste is a key ingredient for many cooking, it is, therefore, good for you to learn and always try to make your tomato paste at home as against buying canned or bottled store-bought tomato paste for your cooking. This is because many processed and factory made tomato pastes contained added sugar to sweeten or thicken it.
3. Consuming fruit products
Fruit leather, roll-ups, juice drinks and other sweetened fruit products are not in any way healthy substitutes to eating fresh and raw fruits. These fruit products contain sugar in some quantity and are unfavorable to diabetes management. Always make it a habit of eating raw and fresh fruits than buying sweetened fruit products.
4. Consuming artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners taste sweet but do not provide the body with calorie. So they end up confusing the body and increasing the probability of an individual taking more of calorie rich foods and drinks to meet up with the body’s cravings. It is advisable to consume water and other unsweetened beverages like plain ice tea when trying to satisfy your body’s craving for sugar or other sweetened products.
5. Consuming sweetened products
Sweets, chocolates, candy and other sweetened products kept at home to entertain visitors are hazardous to your health as a diabetic, when you consume them. You are therefore required to exercise self-control and keep away from such products as much as possible.
In other to live well with diabetes, you need to learn how to manage and reduce your sugar consumption. This is to prevent your blood sugar levels from spiking up giving rise to many more diabetes complications which can be debilitating to your health.